Education

The Kentucky Department of Education is touting the state’s graduation rate during the 2012-2013 school year, which was above the national average.

In a news release sent Tuesday, the education department cited data from the National Center for Education Statistics that show the state’s 86 percent graduation rate was among the highest rate in the U.S.

The state shares its graduation rate with six other states, including Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

Nine states share the top three spots, including Indiana with a graduation rate of 87 percent. Iowa had the highest graduation rate at 90 percent.

“In the past four years we have not only increased the graduation rate, but also the college/career-readiness rate of our students, which now stands at 62.4 percent,”  Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said in a release.

Officials say this last school year the graduation rate increased even more to 87.5 percent. The national rankings for that period are still being compiled.

Kentucky now uses a more accurate “cohort” graduation rate calculation that the rest of the country has moved to.